Royal Canadian Mint


historic buildings of the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa
historic buildings of the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa, via Wikimedia Commons.

The Royal Canadian Mint is registered as a Crown Corporation that is wholly owned by the Canadian government. It produces Canada's circulation coins as well as circulation coins for other nations, precious metal bullion coins, commemorative and numismatic coins, coin blanks for other mints and financial institutions, precious metal bars and medals and medallions. It is further active in the refining of gold and silver, precious metal storage and assaying services. The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the best known and respected mints worldwide and its produced coins regularly win awards such as the “Coin of the Year” and “Most Popular Coin” awards.

Minting Facilities

The Royal Canadian Mint maintains production facilities in Ottawa, Ontario (its historic headquarter) and Winnipeg, Manitoba. All the circulation coins (for Canada and other countries) are produced in Winnipeg whereas all other areas of operation are located in Ottawa. Both mints in Ottawa (at 320 Sussex Drive) and Winnipeg (520 Lagimodière Boulevard) offer guided tours for visitors. The respective mint marks are W for Winnipeg and C for Ottawa but the Royal Canadian Mint also uses a special logo as a mint mark. Precious metal bullion coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint don't contain mint marks though.

Flag of the Royal Canadian Mint
Flag of the Royal Canadian Mint, via Wikimedia Commons.

History

The Ottawa mint opened as a branch of the Royal Mint of London on the 2nd of January 1908. On that day, the British governor General Earl Grey ceremonially activated the coin press that produced the first domestically produced coin, a 50 Cent coin. The ceremony ended with the Countess Grey striking Canada's first bronze cent. In 1911, the Canadian Mint opened a refinery that was urgently needed for the refining of the large amounts of gold that were dug up in the Yukon territory and British Columbia in those years.

In 1931, the Ottawa Mint was renamed the Royal Canadian Mint and was placed under the control of Canada's Department of Finance. That remained so until 1969 when the mint was restructured as a Crown Corporation that is wholly owned by the Canadian government. The modern Winnipeg facility of the Royal Canadian Mint opened in 1976. It produces all circulations coins for Canada (and circulation coins for some foreign countries) leaving all other areas of operation for the Ottawa headquarter.

The Royal Canadian Mint is ISO 9001 certified since the year 2000.

Popular Gold Bullion Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint produces a wide variety of gold and silver coins in different sizes, many of them with commemorative designs. The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins and the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coins are especially popular with investors who seek to buy bullion coins. The beautiful design and severely limited mintage of the new "Call of the Wild" Gold coin series is sure to make these coins sell out fast.

Collectors of historic coins cherish the $5 and $10 gold coins that were minted in Ottawa between 1912 and 1914.


Canadian Gold Maple Leafs

produced since 1979
in 1 oz,1⁄2 oz,1⁄4 oz,1⁄10 oz,1/20 oz,1 gram
99.99% pure gold

reverse side of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin
obverse side of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin

Canadian "Call of the Wild" Series

with proof-like finish
3 coins of 1 oz
99.999% pure gold!!!

reverse side of the 2015 Growling Cougar Gold coin
obverse side of the 2015 Growling Cougar Gold coin

Canadian George V Gold Coins

minted from 1912-1914
first Canadian gold coins
90% gold, 10% copper

reverse side of the George V 10 Dollar gold coin
obverse side of the George V 10 Dollar gold coin